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Chicago–based drummer, marimbist and composer Tim Daisy has worked in the fields of improvised and composed music since 1997. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the North American and European improvised music scenes including: Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Elisabeth Harnik, Dave Rempis, James Falzone, Russ Johnson, Havard Wiik, Mikolaj Trzaska, Clayton Thomas, Per Ake Holmlander, Steve Swell, Aram Shelton, Michael Zerang, Kyle Bruckmann, and Katherine Young.
Tim has performed and recorded original music for modern dance, film, and improvised music ensembles of various configurations. He also owns and operates Relay Records, documenting much of the creative work he has been involved with in Chicago and abroad since 2011. Tim co-curates the weekly OPTION series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. The programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a ‘salon’ format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform.
Lou Mallozzi featuring Katherine Young and Linda Jankowska
Lou Mallozzi is a sound artist who makes sound installations, performances, works for CD and broadcast, improvised music, sound design for cinema and media installations, drawings, visual installations, and other projects. He regularly collaborates with other artists and musicians – past (and present and hopefully future) collaborators include Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Hal Rammel, Gustavo Matamoros, Charlotte Hug, Michael Vorfeld, Alessandro Bosetti, John Butcher, Isa Wiss, Carlos Zingaro Alves, Guillermo Gregorio, Birgit Uhler, Mark Dresser, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ute Wassermann, Jaap Blonk, Frank Rosaly, Jeb Bishop, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Marie-Cécile Reber, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Urs Leimgruber, and many others. His discography includes Grammar with The Punctual Trio (Lonberg-Holm, Zingaro, Mallozzi); Landscape: recognizable with Birgit Uhler and Michael Zerang; At the Hideout with Jaap Blonk, Frank Rosaly, and Jeb Bishop; Well Fed with Hans-Peter Pfammatter and Christian Bucher; and a CD of radio pieces, Radiophagy. He has performed and exhibited widely in the US and Europe, including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, Experimental Intermedia in New York, Podewil in Berlin, Labor Gras in Berlin, Radiorevolten Festival in Halle, TUBE in Munich, Cave 12 in Geneva, Müllbau in Lucerne, and others. He has received grants and residencies to pursue his work, including four Illinois Arts Council fellowships, a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center in Italy, Artist-in-Residence positions at Harvestworks New York, Spritzenhaus Hamburg, and Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities, and several faculty grants and residencies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is on the Sound Department faculty. Mallozzi is co-founder and former executive director of Experimental Sound Studio, a nonprofit sonic arts organization in Chicago.
Composer, bassoonist and improviser Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that has been described by the New York Times as “raw, wailing, coloristic,” and New Music Box has noted “her visceral approach to sound…her attentiveness to the smallest details of timbre; her adventurousness in using instruments in unexpected ways.” Ensemble Dal Niente, Talea Ensemble, Flux Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, and others have performed her compositions. As an improviser, Katherine amplifies her bassoon and employs a flexible electronics set-up. She has documented her work on numerous recordings, and she performs regularly as a soloist, with her duo Architeuthis Walks on Land with violist Amy Cimini, and with projects such as Pretty Monsters and Till by Turning.
Linda Jankowska is a versatile violinist specialising in contemporary music. She is a founding member of Distractfold Ensemble.